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Celebrate Mexico's Day of the Dead

Celebrate Mexico's Day of the Dead

October 01, 2016

For Halloween in Playa del Carmen, Xcaret Eco Park always steps up its game. While all the general perks of the park still apply during their special Halloween celebration, a little something extra is in store for those who visit during Playa del Carmen’s four-day celebration of the holiday.

The Festival of Life and Death Traditions is held every year in the park, and UNESCO has declared the celebration a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This unmatched festival allows visitors an up close experience of the Hanal Pixan ritual, also known as “food for the souls,” in addition to art exhibitions, workshops, and concerts. Throughout the park, you’ll find altars for the dead as well as traditional Maya cuisine to sate your appetite. Entertainment and education stretches to all corners of the park—several plays about the Maya and their celebration can be watched throughout the day.